The SAWA complex, a condominium manufactured by Mei Architects and Planners for Rotterdam, it won the Experimental Future Projects category at the World Architecture Festival 2021. The condominium is covered with green roofs and gardens with balconies, and is the first residential structure in Rotterdam 50 meters high.
SAWA is a residential facility that focuses on circular wooden construction, biodiversity and healthy communities with ample room for growth. To lower CO2 emissions and contribute to national and international climate objectives, the architects wanted to build this condominium as if it were a sort of "Noah's Ark": (almost) entirely made of wood. Natural material contributes 90% to the building.
In the environment I commit myself: wooden condominium (a creepy rhyme)
The "most natural building in the Netherlands" is designed to prove that humans can truly live and build sustainably. The condominium will house as many as 100 apartments, with a large common terrace on the first floor, as well as individual garden terraces on the upper floors.
Its conformation makes it "future-proof": apart from the columns that support the entire structure, the internal walls will be able to move, allowing all the apartments to be reorganized. Whatever SAWA's destination will be, the condominium is ready: even to become a museum, so to speak, or the headquarters of a company.
Healthier than that
The condominium design is avant-garde, as it keeps as many wooden surfaces in the apartments as possible. Only the hidden walls will be covered with plaster, according to the plans. A trend for future condominium projects, which will be able to use non-traditional materials and construction methods.
The advantages? Many. The glulam used in SAWA's walls stores CO2 and eliminates emissions, while creating a warm and pleasant living area. Compared to conventional concrete constructions, SAWA's development time is shortened. Living in a wooden building has positive effects on physical or mental health.
The ultra-fine particles emitted by the concrete are just a memory, thanks to the thermal insulation. Do you need anything else?